Page 73 Productions Names P73 Playwriting Fellow, Caroline V. McGraw
This year, 2013, Page 73 Productions celebrates 15 seasons of supporting early-career playwrights, and 10 seasons offering its cornerstone program, the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. "We're incredibly proud to add Caroline to our list of fellows we've supported," say Jones and Richelli. "She has a broad theatrical imagination, and we look forward to supporting her work on several different plays this year."
Page 73 received 330 applications for its development programs this year, the most in its history. In addition to McGraw, the finalists for the fellowship were George Brant, Meghan Deans, Nick Gandiello, David Jenkins, Meghan Kennedy, Kait Kerrigan, and EM Lewis.
McGraw will work on several projects this year, including "Believeland" -- about a young playwright encountering her hometown of Cleveland and the beat poet d.a. levy -- and an as-yet-untitled play which follows a group of writers at a women's magazine as they grapple with sex, death, and the disappointments of the material world. McGraw will also join the 2013 Interstate 73 writers group and attend the Page 73 Summer Residency at Yale.
Caroline V. McGraw is the 10th named P73 Playwriting Fellow. Prior fellows include Kirsten Greenidge (2012 Obie Award, MILK LIKE SUGAR), Quiara Alegria Hudes (2012 Pulitzer Prize, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL), Jason Grote (Page 73's production of his 1001 was named a "Top 10" event by TIME OUT NEW YORK), Krista Knight (SALAMANDER LEVIATHAN, ANT Fest, Joe's Pub), Tommy Smith (THE WIFE, Access), Heidi Schreck (CREATURE, produced by Page 73 and New Georges; THERE ARE NO MORE BIG SECRETS, Rattlestick), Eliza Clark (EDGEWISE, produced by Page 73 and The Play Company), Janine Nabers (ANNIE BOSH IS MISSING, Sundance Theatre Lab), and the 2012 P73 Playwriting Fellow Max Posner.
PAGE 73 Productions - under the leadership of Executive Directors Liz Jones and Asher Richelli and Associate Director Michael Walkup - develops and produces the work of early-career playwrights who have yet to have their work professionally produced in New York. Page 73 produces at least one New York or world premiere by an early-career playwright each year. Page 73 also offers production-oriented development opportunities that help usher the works of early-career playwrights from first draft to final script. In addition to the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, the company also hosts Interstate 73, a year-long writers group for 7 early-career playwrights; the Page 2 Workshop, offering extensive rehearsal and technical support to plays in development; and a weeklong Summer Residency at Yale for four playwrights.
Page 73's first production of 2013 will be SLEEPING ROUGH by Kara Manning, directed by Tony-nominee Sam Buntrock. Page 73 produced the world premieres of ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Davis McCallum (2007 Pulitzer finalist and prequel to Quiara's 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play WATER BY THE SPOONFUL), SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE by Dan LeFranc directed by Anne Kauffman and co-produced with Soho Rep (2010 New York Times Playwriting Award); CREATURE by Heidi Schreck, directed by Leigh Silverman and co-produced with New Georges; JACK'S PRECIOUS MOMENT by Samuel D. Hunter directed by Kip Fagan and EDGEWISE by Eliza Clark directed by Trip Cullman and co-produced with The Play Company, as well as the New York premieres of 1001 by Jason Grote, directed by Ethan McSweeney (Time Out New York - Top 10) and LIDLESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Tea Alagic. The company received from the League of Professional Theatre Women their 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for "innovative and creative work dedicated to the emerging dramatist".